Horror film genre director Adam Wingard worked on You’re Next, a film that premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, seeing national theatrical release nearly two years later.
You’re Next is classified as a horror film and in staying true to the genre, the scares start almost immediately and are maintained throughout until the point of no return.
Starring A.J. Bowen as Crispian Davison, he and girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) are on their way to a family reunion of sorts at a house recently bought by Crispian’s parents Paul and Aubrey (Rob Moran and Barbara Crampton), where his siblings and their significant others are also attending.
Soon after arriving, the attack on the family begins and they struggle to stay alive while trying to find a way out. Embracing the gory quality of the horror genre, we watch as the family begins to get picked off one-by-one.
While the main priority is the focus on the gore aspect, it stays on this side of realism. We aren’t exposed to extended torture scenes or intense graphic effects. You’re Next isn’t showing off. It’s not what is being done that is meant to entertain but how things are set up.
It is this characteristic that allows Wingard the ability to play with suspense. We see the obvious, we expect the obvious and then we are denied the obvious, but it’s humourous. The level of unpredictability is playful.
Underneath the elements of gore and horror, there is still a story and a point. Without these, the plot would still deliver a worthy story with playful twists that can be obvious but still keep you guessing.
The plot brings satisfaction no matter who you root for as we bare witness to dark humour that delivers as well as it slays. You’re Next is fun for the twisted mind and even if it is hardly original, it’s still an adventure.